I "enlisted" with the Operation Write Home team in Feb 2012. My son had recently joined the National Guard so I knew how precious those cards and letters that I received while he was away were. I didn't hesitate to join forces with Sandy Allnock, Kris Allan and the thousands of volunteer card makers. OWH strives for the very best by offering tons of tutorials, videos, challenges and daily motivation free of charge!! I look forward to the live webcast on YouTube every Thursday which allows me to chat with fellow OWHers and learn what's going on this week in the OWH world. Sandy is the executive director and never fails to bring us a giggle or 2 during the webcast. Sandy is very interactive (is that the right word?) meaning that she reads all of the comments and requests our input on certain things that help OWH grow. It's fun, informative and very rewarding knowing that we help bring smiles to our Heroes' family and friends back home.
I always loved to make cards ever since my daughter introduced me to my first rubber stamp. And, after retirement I went into the card making full force, but I found that I made a lot more than I sent out. So when I read about Operation Write Home I knew I found a place to send my cards for a great cause. I remembered how much a letter meant to me when my soldier sent me his when he was in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. So I know the family and friends who get those cards with messages from their soldiers will be so blessed as well. This is an organization that does a wonderful thing to make the deployment of our soldiers and their families less tough.
I love card making. Simple as that. But, I was making card after card and not using a lot of them. I then found Operation Write Home. Problem solved! And in such a wonderful way. I get to make all the cards I want and some wonderful people get to use them to write home to family and friends. I am happy to have found OWH and also soooo very grateful for our Troops and all they have done for our country.
This is a fabulous organization and giving community. The overhead is unspeakably low to non-existent. Everyone, including international volunteers, spread the honor, gratefulness, and appreciate our service personnel. Further, the connections made to our service personnel last forever through the handmade cards OWH volunteers made for them to write home to love ones, family and friends. These cards remain as a piece of the service person and a memory that will last forever in their lives. All donations made to this nonprofit go to shipping boxes to our military installations, regardless of branch in the military. Without contributions of cards or monetary contributions, we would not be able to fulfill the volume of requests that have been made by our service personnel,
To be able to make cards for deployed military personnel to send home to family and friends is my way of showing respect for and saying thank you to our Heroes who sacrifice for and serve this great nation. I cannot tell you how heartwarming it is to receive a letter from the Heroes themselves telling us how glad they are that we provide these cards and how beautifully done they are. Or to receive a note from someone who received one of these cards from their deployed loved one and tell us how much it means to them to have "something" to hold with his or her own handwriting inside. It is such a small thing for me to do, but a very large priceless and important thing to them. One thought that always stays with me is one of our cards may be the last thing a loved one might receive...and that is why OWH is so important.
I used to make scrapbooks but that slowed way down when the kids and grand kids moved out of state, and most pictures are now stored digitally and easier to maintain. So I started making greeting cards, I found myself overwhelmed with them and wanted to do something worthwhile with my card making. I found "Operation Write Home" through Hero Arts on line, checked it out and was thrilled to find an organization that sent blank hand made greeting cards to our Hero's in service for them to send home to their loved ones. I cannot think of a more fulfilling way to use the talent God gave me. I have learned so many good tips on making better quality cards and have made many new friends along the way.
The art of the handwritten note is a dying one, but for these soldiers it is a way to send something back home to their loved ones that can be displayed and read over and over again. Like our president Sandy Allnock says, "Your card could be the last thing a Hero's family receives" What an honor and privilege to be a part of this organization
When I heard about Operation Write Home I thought I would just make a few cards to send to them. However, when I found their website was so full of ways to support our military, I became committed to their cause. Operation Write Home constantly strives to meet the needs of our heroes while at the same time providing moral support and encouragement. I appreciate that my donations to them help cover the cost of shipping a box of cards overseas to our hero's.
I started making cards for OWH after my son was on his first deployment, it helped keep the stress level down. He is home safely, but I still contribute cards to help other military families.
For the last couple of years I have been donating cards to Operation Write Home. This is just a small way to thank our Heroes for their sacrifices. I was even able to sign up my son's unit when he was deployed. I have also learn a number of new card techniques thanks to the very talented OWH card makers.
I have enjoyed making cards for OWH! What they do is phenomenal! The returning vets I have talked with have nothing but high praise for this program!!!
I am so happy to be a part of Operation Write Home. Every card I make for the troops, makes me feel just a little closer to them and gives me the feeling that I am helping at least one soldier stay in contact with family at home. The women who take care of sorting and mailing the cards are the best. They are always there for questions, always helping with new ideas and techniques and do it all because they want to not because they have too.
I am so happy I found this organization. I was making cards for friends and family, but there are only so many that I needed. I can now spread the joy and happiness from my cards to the soldiers who are defending our freedom and away from their families and friends. OWH has given me something to look forward to and to feel like I am, in a small way, helping our nation's bravest. I have told so many people about this organization.